So Yeon Ryu, Anna Nordqvist and Pornanong Phatlum Lead After Second Round Of 2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational

So Yeon Ryu (click to enlarge)

This is why I don’t like to predict a winner after the first round. Sure, Pornanong Phatlum is still perched atop the leaderboard after two rounds at 9-under and could still very well lead from wire to wire, taking home the trophy. However, at the midway point of the 2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Waen has been joined at the summit by two LPGA Major winners, So Yeon Ryu (2011 US Women’s Open) and Anna Nordqvist (2009 LPGA Championship). There is also a trio of players one shot back that includes Player of the Year leader Inbee Park, along with Lexi Thompson and Gerina Piller. It looks to be anybody’s race the last two days unless somebody separates themselves from the pack on moving day. So Yeon and Anna were both very impressive with matching 6 birdie, 1 bogey 5-under 67s. But the round of the day went to Lexi. The 2-time LPGA winner showed why most believe there are handfuls of trophies to come in her future, blistering the Guadalajara Country Club course with clean an 8 birdie, no bogeys 8-under 64. Considering her sizzling play and that she won last month at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, everybody in contention better take a peek at the leaderboard to see if Lexi tries to pull away on Saturday. Should that happen, somebody might have to try to take some risks in order to reel Thompson in…if they can.

BIRDIES

Gerina Miller had the second best round of the day at 7-under 65. She’s tied for 4th. It was great to see her make her Solheim Cup debut this year. It would be terrific to see her grab her maiden LPGA victory as well.

Two shots separate Inbee Park (-8) and Suzann Pettersen (-6). Although I personally take issue with a point system where a person who has won 3 Majors and 6 overall victories could possibly lose the Player of the Year race to a player with less overall victories and Majors I have no choice but to sit back and enjoy the theater of such a close competition. It just shouldn’t be close. If Inbee loses, and I am not picking favorites…I like Inbee and Suzann…while having more Majors and victories than the winner, I think it hurts the credibility of this tour I love. Many people who don’t follow the LPGA closely will look at such a result with the kind of puzzlement and incredulity usually reserved for boxing decisions where the three judges see a completely different fight than everybody else. Wow, after all that complaining it might seem I have made a mistake filing this under “BIRDIES”…well, I just mean it’s positive in the sense that I don’t like that it’s a close race…it shouldn’t be…but since the system can’t be fixed during the season, I will make lemonade out of lemons and enjoy the drama. Oh, and by the way, I am a lifelong tennis fan so I get the argument about consistent finishes versus big wins. However, in 2010 Caroline Wozniacki played a lot of tournaments and won the most events. She was ranked #1 at the end of the year. But Kim Clijsters played almost 1/3 fewer events, but won the US Open and WTA Tour Championships. The players voted Clijsters WTA Player of the Year. I completely agreed with that vote. The Inbee-Suzann situation is even more tilted, in my mind, to Inbee with 6 victories and 3 Majors. Still, since the point system allows no discretion or common sense, it remains what it is.

Back to positivity, we best not forget world #3 Stacy Lewis. She is only 3 shots back and in fine position to make a weekend charge. With all eyes on Inbee and Suzann, it could be that Stacy reminds us all that not too long ago she was the dominant #1 player in the world.

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SO YEON RYU

SUZANN PETTERSEN

INBEE PARK

MICHELLE WIE

LEXI THOMPSON

JESSICA KORDA

SANDRA GAL

ANNA NORDQVIST

STACY LEWIS

BRITTANY LANG

AI MIYAZATO

AMY YANG

PORNANONG PHATLUM

GERINA PILLER

IN KYUNG KIM

MORGAN PRESSEL

LIZETTE SALAS

PAULA CREAMER

JODI EWART SHADOFF

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
T1 T1 SWE
-9 12:21 PM 68 67 135
T1 T1 KOR
-9 12:21 PM 68 67 135
T1 T1 THA
-9 12:21 PM 66 69 135
T4 T4 USA
-8 12:10 PM 72 64 136
T4 T4 USA
-8 12:10 PM 71 65 136
T4 T4 KOR
-8 12:10 PM 68 68 136
T7 T7 KOR
-7 11:59 AM 70 67 137
T7 T7 USA
-7 11:59 AM 70 67 137
T9 T9 USA
-6 11:59 AM 72 66 138
T9 T9 FRA
-6 11:48 AM 70 68 138
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T9 T9 NOR
-6 11:48 AM 70 68 138
T9 T9 KOR
-6 11:48 AM 69 69 138
13 13 USA
-5 11:37 AM 73 66 139
T14 T14 KOR
-4 11:37 AM 74 66 140
T14 T14 USA
-4 11:37 AM 72 68 140
T14 T14 ESP
-4 11:26 AM 71 69 140
T14 T14 KOR
-4 11:26 AM 67 73 140
T18 T18 USA
-3 11:26 AM 74 67 141
T18 T18 ESP
-3 11:15 AM 72 69 141
T20 T20 ENG
-2 11:15 AM 75 67 142
T20 T20 KOR
-2 11:15 AM 74 68 142
T20 T20 USA
-2 11:04 AM 73 69 142
T20 T20 JPN
-2 11:04 AM 70 72 142
T20 T20 USA
-2 11:04 AM 69 73 142
T25 T25 USA
-1 10:53 AM 76 67 143
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T25 T25 USA
-1 10:53 AM 71 72 143
27 27 USA
E 10:53 AM 77 67 144
28 28 SCT
+1 10:42 AM 74 71 145
T29 T29 KOR
+2 10:42 AM 74 72 146
T29 T29 SWE
+2 10:42 AM 73 73 146
T29 T29 DEU
+2 10:31 AM 72 74 146
T32 T32 MEX
+3 10:31 AM 75 72 147
T32 T32 USA
+3 10:31 AM 75 72 147
34 34 MEX
+4 10:20 AM 75 73 148
35 35 ESP
+5 10:20 AM 72 77 149
36 36 USA
+7 10:20 AM 74 77 151
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